Monday, June 6, 2011

Not A Fan: A Book Review and Giveaway

About The Book:

If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have a DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan—or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life.

Are you a follower of Jesus?
Don’t answer too quickly.
In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a “Define the Relationship” conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period.
In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly.
Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers.
Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.

You can read an excerpt of Not A Fan here (in PDF Format)

About The Author:

Kyle Idleman is the Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, the 5th largest church in America.  He is the author and presenter of the Award-winning video curriculum series H2O: A Journey of Faith and The Easter Experience. Kyle and his wife, DesiRae, have four young children.

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My Review:

Reading the book, Not A Fan. by Kyle idleman was a definite challenge. Although written in a very easy to understand manner, and despite being an easy read, it was definitely not an easy message to hear. I was definitely convicted to really think about my relationship with Jesus. Am I truly the follower I thought I was. Or am I simply just a fan. Yes, I love Jesus and want to do His work here on earth, but if I am to be truly honest I believe I have been living more as a fan. Not anymore. idleman uses humor, honesty and strong scriptural references to show us, the reader, how to truly live as a follower more than a fan. Not A Fan is written with a passion that I have not seen since David Platt's Radical (another book I highly recommend) and it needs to be read by all Christians.

Instead of staying stuck in your hum-drum, boring fan status, get out of the box, get uncomfortable and truly follow your Lord! 

Here are a couple quotes from the book I found especially challenging:

"When is the last time you have a moment with Jesus like this woman in Luke 7 had? (woman anointing Jesus' feet with oil and wiping them with her feet) When's the last time you've poured yourself out before him? When is the last time the tears streamed down your face as you expressed your love for him? When is the last time you demonstrated your love for Him with reckless abandonment? I am not asking if you know about him, I am asking if you know Him." (p51)

"You can't carry a cross without suffering....the Biblical reality is that when people say yes to following Jesus, they are agreeing to carry a cross, and that will be painful sometimes (as opposed to some theology that states otherwise)...and here's the question that is keeping me awake these days: Am I really carrying a cross if there is no suffering or sacrifice? When is the last time that following Christ cost you something? When is the last time it cost you a relationship? When is the last time follow Jesus cost you a promotion? When si sthe last time it cost you a vacation? When is the last time you were mocked for your faith?...If there is no sacrifice involved, if you're not at least a little uncomfortable, then there is a good chance that you aren't carrying a cross." (160 -161)

"When we finally surrender that one thing, we discover the satisfaction that comes from following Jesus that was always missing when we were holding something back" (p. 205)

So are you a fan or a follower? I challenge you to read this book and really examine your life and become the follower you were always meant to be.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!  

BUY IT: You can purchase Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman online direct from Zondervan. It is also available through your favorite local bookseller of Zondervan books

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